I really like this frame. After posting my husband's foot yesterday I thought I might put something nice in today. So I have found something really great today while doing my morning Bible study. You always hear about the kingdom of God.... I always assumed the kingdom of God was where God lived, you know... heaven. It's His kingdom, right? Then about a month ago Bishop during a sermon said the kingdom of God is the "rulership of God over your life", it is the authority of God in your life. This was a real wowser for me, all these years I thought it was where he lived. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.... It makes sense either way... Seek first Heaven and you know... all that is in heaven and His righteousness. Or the way he put it as the kingdom being the lordship of God in our lives. I like Bishop's version better but ever the questioner I really wanted to find out for myself what the "kingdom of God is". I had determined to study it after I had finished studying some other things I was wanting to be more knowledgeable about. Just finshed with the Holy Spirit, WOW!!! Shame on me for not referencing the Holy Spirti before in the back of my Life Application Bible and taking notes on EVERYTHING written about it. Going back to study them after I was done was incredible and I understand the Holy Spirt so unbelieveably now. Anyway, I was reading this morning and I came across Romans 14:17. For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, BUT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, PEACE AND JOY IN THE HOLY SPIRIT, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men. (Talking about whether it is a sin to do what is okay for you but may harm or offend someone else.) This makes great sense and I can see what my Bishop was talking about. Righteousness is doing what is right, what is justified by God. What God would have you do is the righteous way. Living a righteous life is leading a life that is filled with doing the right things of God. Okay, so the kingdom of God is partly doing what God says is "right", the other part, peace and joy in the holy spirt. The Holy Spirt speaks to us the things of God, it can only repeat what comes from God (all this is scriptural), the Holy Spirit is our conscience, our counselor. If we are doing things that are not of God (yikes!!! here's my big offense) which includes anger & bitterness. If we are sinful and not doing what we ought... we grieve the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 4:30 says And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one anohter, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Chapter 5 (bear with me, this is good) Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.... it goes on (please read it for yourselves). So we just learned what grieves the Holy Spirt and that the Holy Spirit lets know God's ways and prompts us to do what God wants us to do and convicts us when we are not... So in order to live in peace with the Holy Spirit (remember , second part of the kingdom of God) then we must not be grieving Him, therefore, we are doing the things of God which is the rulership/lordship of God in our lives. When we are doing the things of God we are at peace and joyful with the Holy Spirit. So the "kingdom of God" is the rulership of God in your life and doing what is right/righteous. NICE. I love when I get something, schwing!!! Please please somebody comment me if this was beneficial in any way because I sure got excited!!! YEA GOD!! I am so glad God led me to study first the Holy Spirt because if I had not known exactly what the Holy Spirit is then non of this would make sense to me. But it does so ha!!